Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic Chassis Review

Trust me when I say that you don't want to miss my review of the Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic chassis posted today at Tom's Hardware.
The PC-O11 Dynamic is a reasonably priced, full-featured chassis that would be a fantastic foundation for an exceptional system build. From mild to wild, this chassis can handle it all...provided you fill it with your own choice of third-party fans.

Cooler Master Announces Its First Addressable RGB AIO Liquid CPU Coolers

Cooler Master, a global leader in manufacturing CPU coolers, computer components and peripherals, introduces its first addressable RGB all-in-one (AIO) liquid CPU coolers. The MasterLiquid ML240R RGB and MasterLiquid ML120R RGB are certified compatible with ASUS, MSI and ASRock motherboards and feature addressable RGB LEDs on both the fans and water block.

MSI Unveils New Vortex W25 Desktop Workstation

MSI, a world leader in computer hardware, continues to innovate its workstation line with the Vortex W25 and updated WT75, WS63 and WE series of mobile workstations. The Vortex W25 is the world’s first 2.5L desktop powered by NVIDIA’s Quadro P5200 GPU. “The Vortex W25 is one of the smallest and most capable workstations on the market,” said Andy Tung, President of MSI. “We first created the chassis for powerful gaming performance with the Vortex G25, but we believe the innovative design will translate easily to those who need desktop-grade power in a small form factor.”

MechWarrior 5 Mercenaries Destruction Trailer

Piranha Games has launched a new trailer for MechWarrior 5 Mercenaries. This new trailer focuses on the destruction aspect of the game.

Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB Review

The crew at Real Hardware Review have some of Ballistix's Tactical Tracer RGB memory on the test bench today.

With that all said, if you are like any experienced system builder these specifications may raise a red-flag or two. Namely the MSRP is within a few dollars of what the original Ballistix Tactical non-LED enabled options retail for. For instance, the focus of this review – the $523(USD) 4x8GB DDR4-3000 kit – is literally only eight dollars more than the non-LED equipped option. That is darn near a rounding error in a system budget.

Inside Hunt's Weapon System with David West

Piranha Games' Senior System Designer takes you on a tour of Inside Hunt's weapon system

Surviving a round of Hunt: Showdown involves a lot of strategy. The more you know about your weapons, the better the chance that you survive. Today Senior System Designer David West is here to get into some details about how the weapon system works, why there's no bullet drop, and where you should be aiming to hit a moving target.

Cancer Detecting Tattoo

This is interesting. Sure it has only been tested on mice, but interesting none the less.

Earlier detection of disease could help improve response to therapy. Blood calcium concentrations are elevated in several types of cancer, in addition to other diseases. Here, Tastanova et al. used synthetic biology and cell engineering to develop a sensor that detects hypercalcemia. Their implantable sensor consists of cells that express the calcium-sensing receptor and produce melanin in response to sustained elevated calcium in the blood.

The Infinadeck Omnidirectional Treadmill

Smarter Every Day explains how the Infinadeck Omnidirectional Treadmill works. Pretty spiffy stuff.

Technology Gone Wrong Video of the Day

Although this video looked totally fake, the bad part is that you know that social media would take something like this and run with it.

How GPUs Aid Fight Against Zombie-Like Bugs

When health officials use words like “nightmare” and “apocalypse” to describe a problem, it’s probably time to pay attention. We’re in a war with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and we’re losing. Antibiotics that saved millions of lives in the last century are increasingly powerless against a growing number of superbugs that have evolved to survive our pharmacological onslaught. There’s a dearth of new antibiotics to treat what the U.S. Centers for Disease Control calls “nightmare bacteria.” This has led some — including the U.K.’s chief medical advisor — to warn of a post-antibiotic “apocalypse” in which ordinary infections, surgery, tuberculosis and even a papercut could be a death sentence.

Intel Announces Silicon-Level Security Technologies

Today’s cybersecurity landscape is constantly evolving with emerging threats, which means we must be vigilant in delivering solutions that protect customers and their data. Given the cybersecurity axiom that hardware is the foundation for innovation and is the root of trust, Intel has long been focused on driving security innovation from the silicon to applications and from the client device to the edge and to the cloud.

In the past year alone, we’ve partnered with industry leaders to help promote future security-based workloads like confidential computing and blockchain, and we introduced Intel® Secure Device Onboard for Internet of Things (IoT) devices. More recently, we highlighted the steps we are taking to build protections into our hardware for the side channel vulnerabilities disclosed in early January.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Lamest App Ever

Has it really come to crap like this? Ugh...I weep for mankind.

Smartphone addiction can be a serious issue. There was a time when mobile phones were used only for calling and texting (and that too with triple-tapping physical keypads or using T9). It meant that users spent far less time on mobile devices than they do today. At that time, there were no huge 6-inch 18:9 displays. There was no Wi-Fi or LTE connectivity, and battery life used to be counted in days and weeks, not hours.

IRS e-File System Breaks Down

If you are the type of person that like to wait until the last minute to file your taxes, I have good news and bad news. Hit this link for both.

The Internal Revenue Service announced late Tuesday that it would let taxpayers submit tax returns without penalty through Wednesday, after a long day of technical problems that fueled confusion about what is already one of Americans’ most frustrating interactions with their government.

GTX 1070 Ti Overclocking Guide

Those of you trying to get the most our of your GPU purchase should check out this GTX 1070 Ti Overclocking Guide at Oveclockers Club.

When you move the core clock slider with any overclocking software, it is automatically creating a voltage curve to reflect those settings. If you want to manually fine-tune those settings or create your own non-linear curve the option is available. Although not all the overclocking software provides the options to use a custom curve profile, both MSI and EVGA do include it.

NVIDIA Uses AI to Turn Cats into Dogs, Lions and Tigers, Too

It turns out a leopard can change its spots. Thanks to NVIDIA researchers’ new GPU-accelerated deep learning technique, a leopard — or at least a picture of it — can simultaneously turn into a house cat, a tiger or even a dog. It works for video, too. The ability to turn one image or video into many could help game developers and filmmakers move faster, spend less and create richer experiences. It also could boost autonomous vehicles’ ability to handle a wider variety of road conditions by more quickly and easily generating diverse training data.

Finding Fraud Using Deep Autoencoder Networks

Accounting fraud has long eaten into the revenue of some businesses, but auditors are enlisting a new defensive tool: artificial intelligence. A typical organization can lose 5 percent of its annual revenue to fraud, according to an estimate from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Businesses are putting AI on the task of anomaly detection in an effort to staunch losses.

Microsoft Announces New Intelligent Security Innovations

At a news conference on Monday, Microsoft Corp. announced several new intelligent security tools and technologies to help enterprises more easily secure their data and networks against today’s biggest threats as well as address emerging threats aimed at IoT and edge devices. These new solutions build on Microsoft’s longstanding approach to delivering innovation that customers and partners can build upon to strengthen the broader ecosystem against cyberattacks from the cloud to the edge.

AMD Named Company of the Year at PCR Awards 2018

AMD won 'Company of the Year' at the esteemed PCR Awards 2018 in London, UK, presented to AMD in recognition of its transformational impact across the computing industry following the launch of the AMD Ryzen™ family of processors, including AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™, and AMD Radeon™ RX 500 Series and Radeon™ RX Vega graphics cards.

AMD Proud To Present Multi-Year Partnership With Scuderia Ferrari

AMD is proud to present a multi-year sponsorship with Scuderia Ferrari on the occasion of the Chinese Grand Prix, held on the Shanghai Circuit. According to this agreement, effective since the beginning of the 2018 season, the AMD logo is visible on the nose of the SF71H F1, as well as on the arm of the pit-crew overall and the official trucks. As part of the collaboration AMD will also be making available their technology portfolio to Scuderia Ferrari.

The Next Generation of Drone Light Shows

For the last 1,400 years, fireworks were predominantly the only way audiences could experience a light show in the sky. Now, in the 21st century, welcome to the next generation of light shows, thanks to Intel drone light show technology.

From performances on one of the largest international stages – the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 where Intel achieved a new Guinness World Records title for the opening ceremony flight – to lighting the Las Vegas Strip and performing with the Fountains of Bellagio, and most recently at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Intel has been thrilling crowds and making headlines with our drone light shows.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Bully Hunters Has Come To An End

Welp, that didn't take long. Let's not even bring up the terrible choice of spokesperson, ill advised product marketing, fake "live" streams, and shady stats aside, how did anyone think this was a good idea? Let's combat bullying with bullying? So. Much. FAIL.

Reporters and other industry members criticized the group’s harassment countermeasures before the livestream ever kicked off. Their concerns were compounded after one host’s personal history of antagonizing people on Twitter and using homophobic language was dredged up, and questions about the involvement of companies like SteelSeries were aired. Even the use of pre-recorded footage during a live event raised alarms. It was the group’s anti-harassment techniques, however — which encouraged players to go in and take out bad actors — that drew the most ire.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

More Site Maintenance

Ugh, even more site maintenance is needed. Apparently, as a result of the last round of fixes, a lot of you guys are not getting site updates or you are seeing this error when trying to access the site.

If you can access the site, thus see this message, you will still be able to read reviews and news up to this point. Unfortunately, there will be no new content posted until maintenance is complete (shooting to have everything done by 8pm 4-16-18). We apologize for the inconvenience.  

Saturday, April 14, 2018

SilverStone Announces New Low-Profile CPU Cooler

The Argon AR11, at 47mm high including fan, features four 6mm thick copper heat pipes connected to the base using heat-pipe direct contact (HDC) technology. By utilizing advanced manufacturing techniques, the heat pipes have unusually tight bends so they do not protrude to take up valuable spaces around CPU and reduce component interference when installed. A highly efficient and compact 92mm PWM fan tuned for optimal balance of airflow and noise is included to provide up to 95W of cooling power (or more in chassis with efficient airflow). For users requiring enhanced performance in space constrained applications, the high quality and affordable AR11 is one of the best choices on the market.

BIOSTAR Presents Gaming Enthusiast RACING X470GT8 Motherboard

BIOSTAR unveils RACING X470GT8, a full ATX motherboard with the AMD X470 chipset for the second generation AMD Ryzen processors, Pinnacle Ridge and Raven Ridge. The BIOSTAR RACING X470GT8 offers performance and aesthetics for today’s overclockers and gamers. It has a premium black RACING themed PCB design, Digital Power+, Hi-Fi zone design, integrated USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type A + C), Iron Slot Protection, and Advanced VIVID LED DJ for more RGB lighting control.

ASRock Announces Full-Featured AMD X470 Motherboard Series

The leading global motherboard manufacturer, ASRock, is pleased to announce the launch of the its new AMD X470 motherboard series with ASRock’s new high end product line, the Taichi Ultimate. These motherboards, the latest in the company’s growing series of products for AMD processors, feature the powerful X470 chipset. The ASRock X470 motherboards keep pace with AMD’s newest next generation Ryzen CPUs, with a special focus on giving users the best possible performance from the latest Pinnacle Ridge CPUs.

ADATA Unveils HV300 and HD330 External Hard Drives

ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of highperformance DRAM modules and NAND Flash products, today launched the HV300 and HD330 external hard drives.Measuring in at 10.3 mm[i]thick the HV300 is one of ADATA’s slimmest large capacity external hard drives to date, and features a sleek and sophisticated design that’s sure to impress. The HD330 on the other hand is designed with durability in mind, featuring a robust silicone layer that protects it and the data inside from accidental drops and bumps.

ADATA XPG SPECTRIX D41 RGB Memory Module Hits 5000 MHz

ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash products, announces that it has overclocked its dual-channel XPG SPECTRIX D41 RGB DDR4 memory module to 5000 MHz in an air-cooled configuration. This exciting development is a reaffirmation of ADATA’s strong R&D capabilities and the outstanding performance offered by the XPG SPECTRIX D41 RGB.